Lon Bowen Simmons

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Personal and Family Information

Lon was born on 1 FEB 1895 in Tupelo, Jackson County, Arkansas, the son of Benjamin Fletcher Simmons and Lucy James Rotenberry.

He died on 12 NOV 1963 in Tupelo, Jackson County, Arkansas.

His wife was Dollie Gertrude Bleakley, who he married on 2 NOV 1919 in Jackson County, Arkansas. Their six known children were Geraldine S (1921-2005), Jamie Edwina (1924-1990), Mary Ann (1930-1987), Virginia Lou (1932-1982), Lucy Faye (1934-1984) and Lon Bleakley (1944-?).

Pedigree Chart (3 generations)


 

Lon Bowen Simmons
(1895-1963)

 

Benjamin Fletcher Simmons
(1860-1939)

 

Holman Felix Simmons
(1824-1893)

 

Holman Freeman Simmons
(1798-<1870)

+
   

Sarah Eliza Hawkins Burns
(1800->1870)

+
   

Theodora Mary Saxon
(1834-c1917)

 

Benjamin Wadsworth Saxon
(1798-1861)

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Mary Collingsworth Terry
(1812-<1875)

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Lucy James Rotenberry
(1863-1900)

 

James A Rotenberry
(1838-c1866)

 

Bowen Geoff Rotenberry
(1811-c1860)

 
   

Mary A Winsett
(1814-1894)

 
   

Cornelia Jane McGuire
(1838-1877)

 

William B McGuire
(1812-1866)

 
   

Martha Peace
(-<1848)

 

Events

EventDateDetailsSourceMultimediaNotes
Birth1 FEB 1895
Place: Tupelo, Jackson County, Arkansas
Death12 NOV 1963
Place: Tupelo, Jackson County, Arkansas
Age: 68y, 9m, 11d
Cause: lung cancer related to WWI gas injury
Census1 JUN 1900
Place: Jackson County, Arkansas
Age: 5
Address: Breckenridge Twp, dwelling 8, family 8 with father, grandmother, 6 siblings and 3 cousins
Census 1900 Arkansas, Jackson County, Breckenridge,ED 53 Union ED 61
Source: Census 1900 Arkansas, Jackson County, Breckenridge,ED 53 Union ED 61
Publisher: Twelfth Census of the US

Census22 APR 1910
Place: Jackson County, Arkansas
Age: 15 b Ark
Address: Breckenridge township, dwelling 109, family 113 with father and stepmother / aunt
Agency: census 1910 Ark
Census 1910 Arkansas, Jackson Cty Breckendridge ED 63 and Union ED 73
Source: Census 1910 Arkansas, Jackson Cty Breckendridge ED 63 and Union ED 73
Publisher: US Department of Commerence

Census14 JAN 1920
Place: Jackson County, Arkansas
Age: 24 born Ark
Address: with Dollie, his father and stepmother ED 18 farm, dwelling 25, family 26
Agency: 1920 census Ark
Census 1920 Arkansas, Jackson County , ED 71 Newport, ED 181 Breckendridge Twp
Source: Census 1920 Arkansas, Jackson County , ED 71 Newport, ED 181 Breckendridge Twp
Date: JAN 1920
Publisher: US Deptartment of Commerence

Census2 APR 1930
Place: Jackson County, Arkansas
Age: 35
Address: Breckenridge West, dwelling 2, family 2 with wife and 3 daughters
Agency: 1930 census Ark
Census 1930 Arkansas, Jackson Cty, Tupelo, Breckenridge Twp ED 34 -6 and 34 -8
Source: Census 1930 Arkansas, Jackson Cty, Tupelo, Breckenridge Twp ED 34 -6 and 34 -8

BurialNOV 1963
Place: Jackson County, Arkansas
Age: 68y, 9m, 11d
Address: N35° 30.221’ W91° 13.844’ Sand Hill Cemetery Find A Grave Memorial# 68967161
Agency: Tomb stone- A Bowie 16feb00
Cemeteries -Jackson County Arkansas
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Other EventABT 1917
Place: France
Type: Military Service
Address: Cpc Co E, 154 Inf, 39 Div WW I PH
Agency: Tomb stone in Sand Hill Cemetary by A Bowie 16feb00
See Note 3
See Note 4

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Notes

Note 1

Lon was awarded the Purple Heart for his service in WWI.

He only talked about his war experiences once with son Lon Blake, so the story is sketchy. He served in France near the border with Germany and Belgium. His unit was specialized and worked behind the lines blowing up bridges and were ambused and attacked with mustard gas. Lon was shot thru the side, listed as missing in action and presumed dead, but was actually captured and escaped after about two weeks.

Because of the gas exposure, his lungs gave him trouble the rest of his life. He died of cancer.

Lon and Felix fished together a lot in later years.

When Lon Blake was young he was walking with Father Lon and a black hired hand along the street in Tupelo near Bowen's? store. A man who was sitting on the spitting and whittling bench stuck his leg out and tripped the hired hand. Lon immediately swung a left upper cut which knocked him over the bench. Lon threatened to kill the man if he ever bother the hired hand again.

Another strong memory is that Lon was an avid quail hunter and dog trainer. He trained setters and pointers for himself and for people from all over the state. He was excellant shot with his shotgun and at times would bring home more quail than shells fired. Lon Blake remembers following his father thru the fields when he was very young, maybe 5 to 7 years old, well before he was allow to hunt.

Note 2

Lon Bowen, age 83 is with Uncle Robert and Margery Simmons in 1930 census. probably namesake?

Facebook Feb 2012:

Jim Simmons ‎@Arthur. I said in one of the posts above that Lon moved in the "late" 40's. I meant "early" 40's. The mind does play tricks in our old age. I remember when they lived there the little girls had a tricycle. They had page-boy haircuts and their hair was the same color as mine. We called it white back then, but now we call it platinum blonde. After they moved, the Clyde Henderson family moved into that house. The Overcup school house was on the south side of the road just a little west of there.

June Jackson Simmons We used to say it was called Simmons switch because the girls switched from one Simmons to another. Lol. Back in the day?

Jim Simmons On your map. When I was born, and growing up, Lon and Dollie lived on the west side of hiway 17 right on the Jackson county side of the Jackson/Woodruff county line. They moved south of Tupelo where you have them marked sometimes in the late 40's.

When I was a kid, we used to go pick up pecans in the orchard over at the place you marked Ben and Lula's. I think Lula still lived there then.18 hours ago · Like

Jim Simmons Another interesting thing I remember about Ben. When I was about 4 or 5, I was walking down the county road in front of our house and old Ben came up behind me and hooked my ankle with his cane. At that time we lived just south of his house at the place known as "The Big Barn". My dad was the farm foreman for Alcorn Ferguson.

Note 3

Lon was awarded the Purple Heart for his service in WWI.

He only talked about his war experiences once with son Lon Blake, so the story is sketchy. He served in France near the border with Germany and Belgium. His unit was specialized and worked behind the lines blowing up bridges and were ambused and attacked with mustard gas. Lon was shot thru the side, listed as missing in action and presumed dead, but was actually captured and escaped after about two weeks.

Because of the gas exposure, his lungs gave him trouble the rest of his life. He died of cancer.

Note 4

Draft Registration Card June 5, 1917 at Tupelo Ark

Tall, medium build, D blue eyes, D brown hair

Lon B Simmons age 22

DOB Feb 1, 1895 at Tupelo Ark

Occupation Farming at Tupelo Ark

single, caucasion

Sources

  1. Census 1900 Arkansas, Jackson County, Breckenridge,ED 53 Union ED 61
    Source: Census 1900 Arkansas, Jackson County, Breckenridge,ED 53 Union ED 61
    Publisher: Twelfth Census of the US
  2. Census 1910 Arkansas, Jackson Cty Breckendridge ED 63 and Union ED 73
    Source: Census 1910 Arkansas, Jackson Cty Breckendridge ED 63 and Union ED 73
    Publisher: US Department of Commerence
  3. Census 1920 Arkansas, Jackson County , ED 71 Newport, ED 181 Breckendridge Twp
    Source: Census 1920 Arkansas, Jackson County , ED 71 Newport, ED 181 Breckendridge Twp
    Date: JAN 1920
    Publisher: US Deptartment of Commerence
  4. Census 1930 Arkansas, Jackson Cty, Tupelo, Breckenridge Twp ED 34 -6 and 34 -8
    Source: Census 1930 Arkansas, Jackson Cty, Tupelo, Breckenridge Twp ED 34 -6 and 34 -8